Why You Should Choose Tuscany for Your Next Italian Vacation
Italy offers a rich cultural and culinary heritage from top to bottom, from its wines and cheeses to its traditional pasta recipes. Tuscany in particular is a holiday destination sure to please the foodie or wine buff, as well as those interested in history and the arts. Taking holidays in Tuscany provides plenty of opportunities to reawaken your palate and rejuvenate your mind and body.
The wine regions of Tuscany are world-famous, making weekend escapes in Tuscany the perfect opportunity to enjoy tasting some of the world’s finest wines and taking in the gorgeous scenery. Tuscany does not only mean Chianti, traditional fiasco bottles in straw baskets, Vin Santo and Brunello di Montalcino…but also the beautiful Etruscan Coast stretching from South of Livorno to the upper Maremma.
If you find food and wine holidays in Tuscany an interesting prospect but are reluctant to cross through the larger, busier regions, the peaceful Bolgheri region near the coast may suit you better. You can stroll across rolling green landscapes while taking in the fresh sea breeze. A little, still unknown gem of the wine world is Bolgheri. This hamlet has become an avant-guard wine capital thanks to its “Super Tuscans”. The flagship ‘Super Tuscan’ wine was Sassicaia by Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta at Tenuta San Guido. Sassicaia, a Bordeaux-style red which has brought Bolgheri and Tuscany into the limelight by winning worldwide rewards, appraisal and recognition as one of the best wines of the world.
With us at Epicurious in Tuscany, not only can you visit Bolgheri’s hamlet far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, its wine shops and quaint restaurants but also some of the best worldwide known wineries, innovative biodynamic producers and big and small family run wine companies. Just to name a few…. Michele Satta, Ornellaia, Grattamacco, Campo alla Sughera, Caccial Al Piano, Tenuta di Biserno, Le Macchiole, CaMarcanda, Batzella, and many more!
You can visit some of the best worldwide known wineries, innovative biodynamic wineries, big and small. Campo alla Sughera is one of them…
Many tourists visit Italy on Italian cooking holidays, but Tuscan cookery holidays offer a taste of cucina povera at its finest, with meats and locally harvested produce. Another reason to choose a food and wine holiday in Tuscany is the fascinating local cuisine. Besides an emphasis on simple but hearty meals, soups, mushrooms, beans and seafood are particular to the region. You’ll be able to taste a variety of olive oils, sausages and cured meats, and wild game. And, of course, a cup of famous Italian espresso rounds up every meal.
Epicurious in Tuscany can offer you customized cooking classes in private houses with the locals as well as taking you to hands on lessons with top chefs who manage some of the best restaurants on the Etruscan Coast.
Tuscany is also an important truffle production region of Italy. Truffle hunting in Tuscany offers a rewarding opportunity to enjoy natural forests and engage in a traditional–and delicious–pastime. Truffle oils, pastes, and flakes are incorporated into many Tuscan dishes and can be found in a variety of delicious Italian cheeses. The combination of wine, cheese, and truffles makes taking food and wine holidays in Tuscany hard to resist. Although truffle hunting tours are ideal for short weekend escapes in Tuscany, the region has much to offer for longer holidays as well.
When to Take Your Tuscan Holiday
Tuscany offers a mild climate. Our recommended tours are best suited to the beautiful autumn, winter and springs months in which you can avoid crowds and enjoy the spectacular countryside.
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